Explorers of Downtown Tampa have reason to cheer over the declaration of a free and more efficient travel experience through Tampa’s Historic streetcar service.
The state Department of Transportation, in partnership with Governor Rick Scott, harnessed $2,670,000, allowing for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) to eliminate all fares for streetcar riders for the next 3 years.
To date, the streetcar treks a 2.7-mile journey through the downtown Tampa region. However, there are discussions of growing the course toward Tampa Heights.
Gov. Scott had this to say following the announcement, “The Tampa Bay area is consistently one of the fastest growing areas of our state, adding more than 33,000 new private-sector jobs in the last year. “By providing this grant, we are giving Tampa residents another option as they travel around downtown.”
As if that wasn’t enough, state officials also plan to increase the frequency of service to every 15 minutes and offer extended service hours.